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Moving to More Advanced Uses of the Command Line

There are a great number of good books out there for working the command line. In addition, because most of the command line has not changed in many years, a large body of information is available on the Internet. If you need help with something, often simply searching for the command will turn up what you need.

As you can imagine, there are hundreds and hundreds of different commands available on the system, and we don't have the space to cover them here. A number of superb Web sites and books can help you find out about the many different commands.

To get you started, here are some recommendations.

  • The Official Ubuntu Server Book by Kyle Rankin and Benjamin Mako Hill (Prentice Hall, 2009) is an excellent resource for learning all things server related, including the effective use of the command line to accomplish administration tasks.
  • A Practical Guide to Linux® Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, 2nd Edition , by Mark G. Sobell (Prentice Hall, 2009) is a good book for any user of the shell in Linux to have on his or her bookshelf.
  • LinuxCommand.org, found at http://linuxcommand.org, is an excellent Web site designed to help people new to using the command line.
  • The Linux Documentation Project, found at http://www.tdlp.org, is another excellent and free resource
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